Foreclosure Properties For Sale In Seattle, WA

Buying foreclosure properties for sale in Seattle, WA or the surrounding area can be a great investment. Thousands of people search for foreclosure listings every day on the MLS because these properties have such a reputation for being great deals.

Foreclosure and REO property in Seattle
Yarrr! I love foreclosure properties, Matey! Avast! Let’s buy some pillaged real estate together!

As both a real estate agent and a “We Buy Houses” investor, I fully appreciate the bargain that a cheap price on a foreclosure can bring.

If you are already involved in rehabbing, flips, wholesaling, private money lending, note buying, rentals, property management or landlording your own properties, please let me know so I can put you in my database! I love networking with other investors.

What is a Foreclosure Property?

Foreclosure is the process by which the bank takes a property back from a homeowner who has been unable to pay his mortgage. In many cases personal circumstances like divorce, death, medical bills or job loss force families into a financial tailspin and paying thousands on a monthly mortgage can become a seeming impossibility. When the homeowner still owns the house, but the bank has initiated the foreclosure process, the house is said to be in “pre-foreclosure.”

Foreclosure Auctions At The Courthouse Steps

Once the bank has foreclosed the home – it will try to sell it at auction on the courthouse steps. This is a very difficult way for most investors to buy property, because they must come to the courthouse with enough cash to buy the property the same day (they can’t apply for a mortgage from a traditional lender), and they can’t enter the property ahead of time to tour and inspect it and see what it looks like inside. So, it’s kind of a gamble for investors to try to buy houses at foreclosure auctions.

If you want to try it, you can visit the Snohomish County courthouse in Everett and see the property auctions live on Friday mornings.

The Foreclosure Property May Become An REO (“Real Estate Owned” By The Bank)

If no investor is able or willing to buy the house at foreclosure auction at the courthouse steps, then the bank will take the property back. Now, the property is owned by the bank and it will need to work with a listing agent in order to sell it to somebody else.

Foreclosure Properties Are Vacant And Can Be Ugly And In Need Of Repair!

Usually bank owned properties have all the electricity shut off, sometimes with windows boarded up to prevent damage from squatters or vandals, and usually the water pipes have been “winterized” so they don’t freeze, and you can’t run the water or use the toilet in the home. If you are going out to look at bank owned properties, it’s a good idea to bring a flash light and be prepared for the unexpected.

Boarded Up REO Properties Are Protected From Vandals
Boarding up REO property is one way to protect foreclosed homes from vandals and squatters. Unprotected property can incur extensive damage, like this Seattle office building did in the downtown riots.

Many REO homes are in need of extensive repair. Some may have structural damage in the foundation or roof. Others could have mold or moisture issues. Almost all need at least paint and new carpet, and often times new kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Whoever buys the home from the bank may need to invest several months and tens of thousands of dollars in rehab costs in getting the home fixed up for resale on the MLS. In order to account for this time, money and risk the investor expects to make a reasonable profit.

Many rehab investors, or “house flippers” as they are sometimes called, are working full time in the real estate industry and need to make enough money to support themselves and their families with their projects. If you are entering the marketing and starting to look at buying foreclosure properties for sale in Seattle, WA, it’s a good idea to get a sense of how you will be funding the project before you start making offers.

An Agent Who Understands Real Estate Investors

What To Know When You Hire A Listing Agent In Seattle
Buying REO or foreclosure properties for sale in Seattle can be a great investment. You need to find a realtor who loves ugly houses that smell like cat pee and look like mod to help you. That’s where I come in. Just call me “Low Ball Lucy” – or you can call me Emily, since that’s my real name. I love making and justifying low offers to banks so investors can buy and improve homes across Seattle.

When you are first looking at buying foreclosure properties for sale in Seattle, WA, it can be a confusing process. Many agents just want to work with pretty homes and don’t understand the investor mindset when it comes to making lowball offers (I love them!) and negotiating hard with banks to get the deal done. Sometimes the best deals take a lot o patience to come together. And that is what I’m here for. Although many investors prefer to market directly to homeowners into foreclosure with postcards and the like, having a good relationship with an agent who understands your goals can be a valuable asset.

I would love to start a relationship with you so I know what you’re are looking for. We can look for foreclosures, wholesale deals, flips and rehabs together. Whether you’re wanting to buy your first investment property, BRRR, or house hack, I’m your (wo)man! If you’re looking to move into a duplex or fourplex investment opportunity, I can help there too.

Let’s find out how to work together!

All my best,

– Emily

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